The Internet is full of rumors, people get categorized and in times of “fake news”, reality is not taken very seriously anymore. However, with the current collections, designers set statements to raise awareness for more appreciation. Respect. What does this actually mean nowadays? Well, this is what we want to find out throughout the upcoming posts of this month.
Many times, it feels like people would treat each other like objects. Especially on Instagram, several users post harsh hate comments. They slander whether influencer XY has lost or gained weight and so on. But how do those users feel like they are allowed to judge about people they don’t even know in person? Of course, this issue also exists in the “real” world. It shows up in the office (thinking of equal rights), between friends, in a bus or in a bakery. Friendliness and respect don't play the key roles they used to anymore. This is also related to the show business. After #MeToo, the #RespectProgram was founded as a pendant for models. Also the fashion and luxury groups Kering and LVMH stand up for better conditions in the model world after they initiated #WeCareForModels. So it seems as things slowly start changing.
It was high time – because obviously, the world and politics cope with enough of problems already. So we definitely don’t have to make each other’s lives even more difficult. After all, we can only improve the current and future conditions, if we stand together – on equal terms. Before taking on the ambitious plans though, it is all about one fundamental requirement: it’s called respect. This is not only true for relationships between humans but also in a sartorial point of view.
Ultimately, fashion also calls for people, materials and manufacturing process, which have to be more and more considered by society. Campaigns like H&M Conscious or collaborations like the one between the sustainable label The Reformation and the online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter show the raising interest for more transparency in the industry. So enough said for now, this will all be continued in the upcoming posts. First of all, let’s get into the mood and stick to the following wise words from Dalai Lama: “When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect towards others.”